Tuesday, 21 November 2017 / Published in News

On November 20th, 2017, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“, the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia started a seminar on “Aggressive State Behaviour and International Law”, conducted by Rene Vark, Associate Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Tartu. The seminar, running for three days, is held within the framework of the Capacity Building Programme for Diplomats and it is attended by the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 / Published in News

On 16 November, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“ the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia hosted a seminar “ICT and Diplomacy”. The Seminar was conducted by Marina Kaljurand, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Ambassador, Cyber Security Expert. The seminar was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Monday, 20 November 2017 / Published in News

On November 17th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy in partnership with the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a one-day seminar entitled “Georgia’s Path towards the European Union: Next Steps after the Eastern Partnership Summit”.

The opening remarks were given by Mr Ekke Nõmm, Director, Estonian School of Diplomacy, Ms Maia Kipshidze, Director, Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The one-day seminar consisted of two sessions. Moderated by Emmet Tuohy, Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership; Fellow, Eurasia Democratic Security Network, the speakers of the first session were: Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Deputy Foreign Minister, H.E. János Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Marina Kaljurand, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and Kakha Gogolashvili, Director, EU Studies Centre, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – EU-Georgia Relations and Future Perspectives

The speakers of the second session were Archil Karaulashvili, First Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mariam Gabunia, Head of Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, and H.E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador of Estonia. The session was moderated by Giorgi Goguadze, Deputy Director, Georgian Center for Security and Development

The one-day seminar in Tbilisi aimed at discussing and assessing Georgia’s endeavours towards accessing the European Union and becoming a full member. The seminar came one week before the much anticipated 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit that will take place in Brussels on November 24th, 2017, where Heads of State and Government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries will look forward to future cooperation. They will also take stock of what has been achieved since the last summit in Riga in 2015, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.

The seminar was attended by ambassadors and other representatives of the embassies of EU member states, newly-appointed diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from the Office of the State Minister on European and the Euro-Atlantic Integration, and members of think-tanks and non-governmental organizations working on these issues.

Useful links:

The 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre

The European Union Delegation to Georgia

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 / Published in News

The French Ambassador to Estonia, Mrs Claudia Delmas-Scherer received, on November 2nd, 2017, at the French Embassy’s Residence in Tallinn, the diploma students of the 2017-2018 class of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, accompanied by ESD’s director Mr Ekke Nõmm. Ambassador Delmas-Scherer gave a presentation on France’s main pillars of foreign policy, as well as the French-Estonian relationships.

The Ambassador, with her team of staff, the first adviser to the French Embassy in Estonia, Mr Julien Paupert, the economic adviser, Mr Pascal Millard and the advisor for cooperation and cultural action, Ms Anne Chounet-Cambas, followed the presentation with informal discussions with the students on French culture and relations with their respective countries. The diploma students, mostly diplomats, come from Estonia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Uganda, Georgia, Cameroon, Algeria, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Egypt, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.

This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 / Published in News

On October 16th, the Estonian School of Diplomacy had the honour to welcome the US Ambassador to Estonia, Ambassador James D. Melville Jr., to our premises for a lively discussion with our twenty-four diploma students of class 2017/18. Ambassador Melville’s remarks reflected his extensive experience as a diplomat for the United States and included several remarkable stories. A lively discussion followed shedding some light on the US-Estonian relations, and the pillars of the US Foreign Policy.

This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.

Monday, 23 October 2017 / Published in News

In cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Diplomatic Academy of Armenia, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) organises in Tallinn, from the 23rd to the 28th of October 2017, a study-visit for thirteen recent graduates of the Diplomatic School of Armenia, led by Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, Director of the Diplomatic School of Armenia.

The programme will introduce the participants to views on Estonian foreign and security policy, foreign service development, and IT-related experience in Estonia, presented by leading Estonian experts and policymakers. The programme aims to foster discussions on international relations, security, e-governance and IT-sector, regional cooperation and good governance.

The programme includes visits to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Estonian Parliament, e-Estonia Showroom, the Government Office, the Armenian Embassy in Tallinn, the Office of the President of Estonia, the Mektory, the University of Tartu, as well as the Estonian National Museum.

The study visit aims at building direct contacts, promotes the exchange of ideas and interests to build stronger mutual ties and encourage initiatives for future cooperation between Estonia and Armenia.
The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of development cooperation.

Friday, 20 October 2017 / Published in News

On October 19, 2017, the Inter-Institutional Steering Group (IISG) Meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place in Tallinn at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia with the participation of the ALF Executive Director Amb. Hatem Atallah, employees of ALF, representatives from European External Action Service (EEAS), MFA Malta, MFA Estonia, MFA Bulgaria, Estonian School of Diplomacy, and from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC, Malta).

On the evening of the arrival of the participants, they were welcomed by the Swedish Ambassador H.E. Anders Ljunggren with a welcome reception at the Swedish Embassy in Tallinn.

IISG meeting focused on the exchange of information on the main programming and policy actions by the institutions. Also, the conclusions of the MED FORUM 2016 and the priorities of the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council were introduced.

IISG meeting was followed by an open event at the Tallinn University Baltic Media and Film School where the Intercultural Trends Report 2017 by ALF was introduced in the format of a panel discussion.

Panelists:

  • Shana Cohen, Director of the Think Tank on Social Change, Dublin
  • Ricard Zapata, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Femke De Keulenaer, Research director, Ipsos SRI, Belgium
  • Marek Tamm, Professor of Cultural History, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, Tallinn University

Estonian School of Diplomacy is Head of the Estonian Anna Lindh Network.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 / Published in News

The Estonian School of Diplomacy, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosts this week a five-day study visit for seven diplomats from countries from the Arab and Southern Mediterranean regions (Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco). The study visit runs from 9th to 13th of October 2017.

The multilateral study visit aims to host seven diplomats from the countries of the Southern Mediterranean in Tallinn to promote the participants’ communication with the international community with a particular focus on Estonia and the Northern European context. The program introduces Estonian reform experience, Foreign Service development, and EU integration.

The programme aims to foster discussions on international relations, security, regional cooperation and good governance.

The study visit aims at building direct contacts between all parties, promotes the exchange of ideas and interests to create stronger mutual ties and encourage initiatives for future cooperation.

The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of development cooperation.

Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in News

Yesterday morning, October 8th, 2017, Estonian historian, Dr Vahur Made, deputy director of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, passed away after long and serious illness. Dr Made’s funeral service will take place on October 13th, 2017 at 11AM at the Pärnamäe cemetery.

Born on July 11th, 1971, Made graduated from Jakob Westholm Gymnasium, graduated in 1994 cum laude from the University of Tartu – History Department. At the age of 27, he defended his dissertation titled ‘Estonia and the League of Nations’ at the University of Tartu in 1999.

Made worked as a journalist in the 90s at Postimees and Äripäev newspapers and was a long-time writer for the Estonian National Broadcasting company. He was a co-professor at the Estonian Supreme Commercial School in 1998-1999. From 1996 to 2001, he worked as a historian at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu. Since 2005, Made had been a professor at the Institute of History and Archaeology.

Made acted as a member of the Citizens’ Committees and was a member of the Estonian Parliament.
He was a member of the Estonian Academic History Association since 1998. He had been a member of the Association of European Studies of the Universities of England since 2000.

Made was the Vice-President of the Estonian Association of European Community Studies and a member of the Estonian NATO Association Council. Since 2003, he had been a member of the European Political Studies Consortium as the official representative of the Estonian School of Diplomacy.
Made had participated at various international conferences in London, Riga, Birmingham, Budapest, Bordeaux, New York, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Kiev, Tbilisi and others.

Made’s main field of research were the European Union and European Integration, the European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy, the history of Estonia’s foreign policy, the issues of the security development of the Baltic Sea region, the participation and role of the Baltic States in international organisations, and the issues of the Baltic States in international relations during the Cold War period.

Vahur Made will be missed by his wife Annika, and sons, Morten, Rasmus and Kaspar, and parents Reet and Tiit Made, his brother, Tambet Made and his friends and colleagues.

Monday, 02 October 2017 / Published in News

The Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) cordially invite you to attend the presentation of the outcomes of ALF’s region-wide survey report “Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Med Region 2017” on October 19th, 2017 at 14:00 (Registration is at 13:30) at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM).

The Intercultural Trends Survey of the Anna Lindh Foundation, first established in 2010, presents scientific data on what people see as critical aspects of life in this Euro-Mediterranean region, their expectations, concerns and values.

This is the third edition of the Report, which was launched during the Maltese Presidency of the European Union that had Mediterranean dialogue as a central focus, and aimed at contributing to shaping new policies and programming in the framework of a renewed EU Southern Neighbourhood Policy in the face of unprecedented regional challenges.

The presentation in Tallinn is a part of a series of events taking place across the Euro-Med region to present the outcomes of the Report and offer insights and analysis from local and international experts.

An Intercultural Analysis and Panel Debate will follow the presentation to provide insights and commentary on the outcomes and reflect on the current state of affairs in the Euro-Med region and how Estonia sees it. The panellists are:

  • Shana Cohen, Director of the Think Tank on Social Change, Dublin
  • Ricard Zapata, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Emilia Valsta, Research Assistant, American University of Cairo, Egypt (TBC)
  • Marek Tamm, Professor of Cultural History, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, Tallinn University

The event is open to the public. To register, please follow this link.

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (Registration is open from 13.30)
Venue: Tallinn University, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Nova Building, Fourth Floor, Room N406, Narva mnt 27, Tallinn

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*The Estonian School of Diplomacy is the Head of the Estonian Anna Lindh Foundation Network since January 2016.

*The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding, with national networks of civil society organisations in 41 Euro-Med countries.